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Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 87th edition of the game.  The game was played in the beautiful San Diego weather at Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres’.  Tonight the stage was set and when it comes to the All-Star game, there is a stage for every star.  The MLB All-Star game provides a sample of everything within the game.  From Veteran’s making their last appearance in an All-Star game to an infusion of young players busting into the game.

About the game

The 2016 All-Star Game would deliver on one of those in the top of the first inning, when Chicago Cubs, third baseman, Kris Bryant took the first pitch thrown to him from White Sox pitcher Chris Sale and sent it into the left field seats.  Bryant is the first Cub since Alfonso Soriano in 2007 to homer in the Mid-Summer Classic and the youngest Cub since 1936 when Augie Galan homered off of Schoolboy Rowe.  Bryant’s home run would give the National League a 1-0 advantage.


“You’re going to be looking at one of the best hitters in the game,” teammate Ben Zobrist said. “He already is, but the consistency is what you have to see over time to become a legend like Big Papi [David Ortiz].”


That score didn’t hold for long.  In the bottom of the second inning the Kansas City Royals players broke out their bats in a big way.  Salvador Perez and Eric Hosmer would step to the plate against former teammate Johnny Cueto and the current Royals would have the better outcome.

Hosmer would step to the plate and hit a solo blast to tie the ball game before Perez launched a two run blast, just two batters later to give the American League All-Stars the lead. Corey Kluber pitched a perfect second inning to make him the winning pitcher.  Hosmer would go on to add an RBI single an inning later and finish the game 2-3 from the plate with 2 RBI’s earning him the MVP honors.


“Hopefully this is something we can all rally upon for the second half and find a way to use that home-field advantage,” Hosmer said.


Miami’s Marcell Ozuna would add-on an RBI single for the National League team, but the American League bullpen would hold on and stop several scoring opportunities for the NL squad.  Like any other All-Star game there are always plenty of back stories going on too.

Big Papi going out on top

David Ortiz who announced at the beginning of the 2016 season that this would be his last, would get to walk away seeing his American League teammates gaining their fourth straight World Series home field advantage.  Ortiz would hit a screaming one hopper to National League first baseman Anthony Rizzo in the bottom of the first, and Rizzo was able to pick it cleanly and step on first to rob Ortiz of a hit.  Ortiz would have only one official at bat as he walked in the third inning and was removed for a pinch runner.  As Ortiz exited the game, the entire American League team would leave the dugout to hug and congratulate him as he left the field to a roaring ovation from the fans and the entire National League infield would remove their gloves to join in the ovation for Big Papi’s last All-Star appearance.


Mike Trout keeps streak alive

In the first inning Mike Trout singled to make that five straight All-Star games with a hit.  He has had a hit in his first at bat in all five of his All-Star game appearances.  Only Dave Winfield, Joe Morgan and Mickey Mantle have hit in more consecutive All-Star games with all of them doing it in seven straight appearances.

Winning Pitcher- Corey Kluber

Losing Pitcher- Johnny Cueto

MVP- Eric Hosmer


The 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star game has come to a close and so has the first half of the 2016 season.  The baseball races are still close and we have the trade deadline fast approaching, so take a breath tomorrow, relax, and get ready for another exciting second half of baseball.

Major League Baseball All-Star Game